The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

A California Superior Court judge has ordered coffee giant Starbucks to pay its baristas $100 million in lost tips resulting from the company’s tip jar policy. Additionally, the court issued an injunction barring shift supervisors and managers from receiving tips …

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed S.B. 867, a state bill that would have allowed child care workers to organize for the purpose of negotiating with California agencies. Specifically, the bill would have allowed the workers to negotiate reimbursement rates and licensing issues with the state …

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Faced with a large budget shortfall, San Francisco supervisors are proposing a way to deal with the $338 million deficit the city expects next year. Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin wants to draft legislation that eliminates some high-paying city positions …

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The California Supreme Court held in 1998 that individual supervisors and managers are not personally liable for discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Now the court has also ruled that individual supervisors and managers may not be held financially responsible for retaliation claims …

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On Jan. 29, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement that he is determined to change California’s health care system despite the defeat of A.B.X. 11, the omnibus health care reform legislation that recently stalled in Sacramento …

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Three nurses have filed a complaint in California Superior Court in San Francisco claiming their employer violated wage-and-hour laws and owes them compensation for missed breaks …

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The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has issued numerous citations and fines totaling more than $500,000 for labor and safety violations at nine Alameda County companies …

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California Superior Court Judge William A. MacLaughlin recently ordered a hospital to pay its employees nearly $32.9 million in restitution …

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the California Labor Code both require employers to keep meticulous records to prove employees are properly compensated. Paper records such as time sheets and pay stubs must accurately show what hours employees actually worked and the pay they earned. Violate those rules at your peril! …

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What’s being underpaid $44.63 worth? It netted one lucky California employee more than $10,000 …

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